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There are no plans to expel the Russian ambassador from Ireland, the country’s foreign affairs minister has said.Simon Coveney was speaking after it was confirmed that 52 key representatives from Ireland have been placed on a sanction list for expressing what the Kremlin claimed was “Russophobic sentiment”.Six senior politicians were named including Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Mr Coveney.Mr Coveney said it is essentially a list of most Fine Gael and Fianna Fail politicians who are banned from travelling to Russia.He said there no suggestion of a security risk to them, adding that none of the 52, as far as he is aware, had any intention to travel to Russia anytime soon.Speaking at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Athlone on Saturday morning, Mr Coveney said it is his view that Ireland should take a very strong position on the war in Ukraine and not be neutral.”We should call out Russia for the illegality of what they’re doing, the brutality of what they’re doing and we have been doing that on all platforms that we can, whether it’s on the security council, whether it’s in the EU but also on a bilateral basis with Russia,” he said.


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